Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino

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State Park · Nature / Park
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began operation in 1909 and, despite many threats to its preservation, continues to serve sailors today. The state historic park that houses the lighthouse boasts several historical buildings and wide Pacific Ocean views. You can access the light station buildings via two walks. The easier of the two starts at the south end of the parking lot and is paved. The dirt path located at the north end traverses grassland and coastal prairie. By the lighthouse, you can find three restored lightkeeper homes, one of which has been transformed into a period museum. Its artifacts and displays illustrate the lighthouse's history and provide a glimpse of local history. Make Point Cabrillo Light Station a centerpiece of your Mendocino vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mendocino travel tool.
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  • An easy downhill hike from the parking lot thru the trees opens up to the coast and the light house. The light house is interesting and has a gift shop in it and the restored lighthouse keeper's home....  more
    An easy downhill hike from the parking lot thru the trees opens up to the coast and the light house. The light house is interesting and has a gift shop in it and the restored lighthouse keeper's home....  more »
  • It was a hike from the parking lot; however, the day was beautiful and perfect for a nice walk. Still functional and a beautiful area for a picnic! 
    It was a hike from the parking lot; however, the day was beautiful and perfect for a nice walk. Still functional and a beautiful area for a picnic!  more »
  • The hike down to the lighthouse was very nice. We thought the large 5$ donation sign outside of the so called museum/gift shop was way too tacky for us to go in. Had they just had a small donation... 
    The hike down to the lighthouse was very nice. We thought the large 5$ donation sign outside of the so called museum/gift shop was way too tacky for us to go in. Had they just had a small donation...  more »
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  • What a magnificent site to see. The coast and ocean with that beautiful lighthouse would just put your mind at ease. Peaceful and amazing. We love lighthouses and can't wait to visit more.
  • It is a little trek from parking lot down to light house (sign says 1/2 mile). It does have a little road for handicap access so if you cant walk, it is still easily accessible! Beautiful lighthouse and the surrounding buildings are well kept. The lighthouse keepers house is a great insight to life then. The view is amazing and the path down has signs and trivia. (But no answers, so have a phone ready to research it)
  • Great walk, take the longer walk for better sights!
  • This area is stunning! I'm glad I saw it on tiktok and decided to visit. The views of the water/cliffs are so gorgeous. The lighthouse itself is amazing to look at. My favorite part were the harbor seals that we saw playing in the cove. It was an amazing experience!!!
  • The entire experience of visiting is 5 stars all the way. Great area for parking, even an area for parking an RV. Nice paved easy walk to the Lighthouse, or our favorite slightly more challenging hike through the headlands. The museum and gift shop and the whole operation is very high quality. We always have a great time, when traveling through the Mendocino area; Don't miss it

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